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Padres announce Minor League coaching staffs01/14/2008 1:46 PM ET
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres today announced the staffs for their minor league affiliates as well as the club's roving instructors for the 2008 season. Vice President/Scouting and Player Development Grady Fuson made the announcements.
Randy Ready will take the helm of the Triple-A Portland Beavers. Ready served as manager for Double-A San Antonio in 2007, leading the Missions to a 73-66 record and the Texas League Championship. Prior to joining the Missions he served as manager of the Padres Single-A Midwest League affiliate in Fort Wayne from 2004-2006, leading the Wizards to a 208-209 record (.499), including a playoff berth in 2006. Glenn Abbott enters his third season in the Padres organization, and will make the move with Ready from San Antonio to serve as pitching coach. Max Venable will serve as hitting coach after serving in the same capacity for Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2007. He enters his fourth season in the Padres system. Athletic trainer Jason Haeussinger will be back for his second season with Portland and 14th in the Padres organization.
Bill Masse will take over at Double-A San Antonio in 2008, joining the Padres for his ninth season as a minor league manager. Masse, 41, spent the 2007 season at the helm of the Toronto Blue Jays Double-A New Hampshire affiliate, leading the Fisher Cats to a 70-73 record. He recorded his 500th career managerial win on June 18, 2007 and now has a career record of 535-495. Steve Webber will make the move from Single-A Lake Elsinore to serve as the Missions pitching coach, while former Padres catcher Terry Kennedy joins the organization in his first year as hitting coach. Wade Yamasaki returns to San Antonio for his second season as athletic trainer and eighth season in the Padres system.
Carlos Lezcano returns for his second season as manager of Single-A Lake Elsinore, after leading the Storm to a 74-65 record and an appearance in the California League finals in 2007. Lezcano also managed San Diego's Rookie level affiliate from 2003-2006, and enters his 16th season as a minor league manager. Lezcano will be joined by pitching coach Wally Whitehurst, who joins the Storm after four seasons at Single-A Fort Wayne. Shane Spencer will make his coaching debut as the Lake Elsinore hitting coach, while Will Sinon returns for his second season as the athletic trainer and 11th in the Padres organization.
Doug Dascenzo returns for his second season as manager of the Single-A Fort Wayne Wizards in 2008. Dascenzo's Wizards posted a 55-83 record in 2007. He enters his 10th year in San Diego's minor league system and third as a manager. He also led the Short-A Eugene Emeralds to a 43-33 (.566), second-place finish in the Northwest League's West Division in 2006. Pitching coach Tom Bradley, who begins his third year in the Padres system and his second different stint with the Wizards (2006), will join Dascenzo in Fort Wayne. Tom Tornincasa joins the Wizards as hitting coach after holding the same title at Double-A San Antonio in 2007. He was formerly the hitting coach at Fort Wayne from 2001-2004 and is in his ninth season in the Padres organization. JoJo Tarantino remains as Fort Wayne's athletic trainer for a third season and sixth overall in the Padres system.
Single-A Eugene will be managed by Greg Riddoch, who returns to the Emeralds for his second season. Riddoch has been in professional baseball since 1967, including seven seasons in San Diego's organization. He served as manager of the Padres over parts of the 1990-92 seasons. Dave Rajsich rejoins the Emeralds for his second stint as pitching coach (2003-2004) and eighth season overall in the Padres organization. Former Padres draft pick Darrell Sherman makes his coaching debut as the hitting coach for Eugene. Nathan Stewart continues for a third season with the Padres as the Emeralds athletic trainer.
Jose Flores makes his managerial debut for the Rookie League Peoria Padres in 2008, after serving as the Short-A Eugene Emeralds hitting coach in 2007. A former infielder, Flores spent the 2006 season at the Triple-A level in the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants organizations. Flores will be joined by first-time coach Bronswell Patrick. Originally selected by Oakland in the 23rd round of the 1988 June draft, the right-hander pitched in parts of two Major League seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (1998) and Giants (1999). Bob Skube moves from Single-A Fort Wayne to take over as hitting coach in his second season in the Padres system, while Ernesto Vega, Jr. returns for his second season as athletic trainer.
Evaristo Lantigua remains Coordinator Latin America Instruction/Field Manager of the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Padres. Lantigua enters his second season with the Padres organization after serving as manager of the Oakland A's Dominican Summer League team for 12 seasons. Jose Amancio enters his first season as the DSL Padres pitching coach, after spending 2007 as the assistant pitching coach. Jose Mateo and Christian Reyes will return as coaches.
San Diego's minor league roving instructors for 2008 will consist of Field Coordinator Tom Gamboa, Pitching Coordinator Mike Couchee, Hitting Coordinator Tony Muser, Infield/Baserunning Coordinator Gary Jones, Roving Catching Instructor Duffy Dyer, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Dan Morrison and Minor League Medical Coordinator John Maxwell.
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